CO2 sometimes gets a bad wrap with the press and global warming. While it's true that in large quantities it could be bad for some climate changes, what is often overlooked is that plants do need CO2 to grow.
It turns out that CO2 is one of the required elements for photosynthesis to happen.
Let's explore the benefits of growing with added CO2.
Introduction to CO2
Photosynthesis is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight and turn it into chemical energy or fuel. Carbon Dioxide is a crucial part of the photosynthesis process.
Here are the 3 Main Elements of Photosynthesis.
3). Carbon Dioxide
What is the equation for photosynthesis?
A simple word equation that can be used to describe the process of photosynthesis is carbon dioxide + water —> glucose + oxygen + water.
A balanced chemical equation for the process can be written as
6CO2 + 6H2O —> C6H12O6 + 6O2.
Overall, photosynthesis uses light energy to convert carbon dioxide into a carbohydrate.
Carbon dioxide enters, while water and oxygen exit, through a leaf's stomata. Stomata control a tradeoff for the plant: they allow carbon dioxide in but they also let precious water escape.
To protect itself against water loss the leaf has a waxy cuticle blocking water loss but it still needs these openings to exchange Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide with the environment that it needs for photosynthesis.
Adding More CO2 to Plants
Bringing CO2 Into Your Indoor Garden
"Carbon dioxide levels above ambient levels can have a dramatically positive effect on plant growth. By increasing carbon dioxide levels to 750-1,500 ppm, growers can expect a 30-50% increase in yields over ambient CO2 levels and time to fruiting and flowering can be reduced by 7-10 days.
Just as excessive levels of fertilizer salts can harm plants, excessive levels of CO2 enrichment can have adverse effects. In a grow room, levels above 1,500 ppm are considered wasteful, and levels above 5,000 ppm are harmful. Excessive levels will cause the stomata on plant leaves to close, temporarily stopping photosynthesis and since plants will no longer be able to transpire water vapor adequately when the stomata are closed, leaves can become scorched. "
Taken from MaximumYield, Written by Harley Smith
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The Enhancer CO2 bottle from TNB Naturals gives a high shot of CO2 for up to 2-3 weeks at 900-1200 PPMs for a 12x12x12 ft. area. Growers have seen big results from the higher and usable levels of CO2. A great alternative or back up for CO2 tanks, or to replace the mushroom bags. The Enhancer has a great shelf life, it’s user-activated so it is always fresh and doesn't produce heat or humidity.
TNB Naturals also has the Refill Pack available, same contents as the Enhancer at around 1/2 the price. Perfect for all those hobbyists with the tents and also small-medium closets or growrooms. Easily add CO2 to your garden without the hassle associated with traditional CO2 methods. CO2 Enrichment with no additional equipment.
Benefits of using:
The Enhancer CO2 generator by TNB Naturals
Bigger Yields - 30-50-% larger yields. Just watch your plants grow! All stages of growth. (Moms, Clones, Veg, Flower)
Healthier Plants - Healthier plants are able to stave off pests and disease more easily.
Higher Temps - With the higher CO2 levels, your plants will be able to handle higher temperatures.
Quicker Harvest - Shorter duration of grow period.
Set Up Instructions:
The Enhancer CO2 generator by TNB Naturals
1). Activate by adding one litre of lukewarm water, place lid back on, remove sticker and shake.
2). Hang slightly above the canopy and CO2 being a heavier gas will cascade down over the plants.
3). Place an oscillating fan in front or behind to evenly spread the CO2 around the room.
4). If exhausting, place The Enhancer as far away from the vent as possible.
The Law of the Minimum
In the 19th century, the German scientist Justus von Liebig formulated the “Law of the Minimum,” which states that if one of the essential plant nutrients is deficient, plant growth will be poor even when all other essential nutrients are abundant.
Don't let CO2 be your limiting factor.
The environment is the most important thing for any living thing.
Plants need to breathe carbon dioxide just like humans breathe oxygen.
Providing adequate CO2 to your plants will help them achieve optimal growth and health, allowing them to grow to their full potential.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” ― Alexander Den Heijer
Often when you do not have enough water, or nutrients, this can become “The limiting factor”. The same thing goes for CO2, If you do not provide your plants the CO2 they need to grow, this can become the limiting factor and hold them back from reaching their full potential.
Don’t limit the the growth of your plants.. Always make sure you have adequate levels of CO2 in your indoor garden.
Use The Enhancer natural CO2 generator
Are you growing with CO2 yet?
Keep your plants healthy and growing at optimal levels by adding the right amount of CO2 that your pants require.
Boost your yield from 30-50% with help from "The Enhancer" by TNB Naturals.
An easy and innovative way to add CO2 to your greenhouse or indoor garden.